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Mona Lisa Costume 


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Mona Lisa Costume 

Written By: Owen Collins 

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My daughter wanted to be Mona Lisa for Halloween, so this is what we came up with. It 
basically consists of two parts, the dress and the frame/picture. 

Step 1 — Mona Lisa Costume 

• First you need to make the dress. Depending on your closet, you may be able to pull out 
something that could work. We used a McCalls sewing pattern (MP343, to be exact) and 
an appropriate dark brown fabric to create the dress. 

• After picking your fabric, follow the directions for your sewing pattern to complete the 

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Step 2 




• Print out the file ML Background.jpg on a large-format printer. 

• Cover the back side of the printout with packing tape. This will make it a little more 

• Cut two 1"x24" pieces of foam core and hot-glue to the sides on the backside of the 

Step 3 

• Using the foam core make a frame 
with an opening 16" wide and 22" 
tall. That created a good frame for 
my daughter; you may need to 
adjust it for you. 

• Add decorations as desired and 
paint gold. I used a brush-on gold; 
spray paint would eat into the foam. 

• Once the frame is painted, tape the 
top edge of the background to the 
top edge of the frame to create a 
hinge. See image. 

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Step 4 

• Cut two 20" pieces of elastic. 

• Cut a small hole into the foam core side pieces. Feed one end of the elastic through and tie 
a knot to hold it in place. Repeat for the other side. 

• Attach the front end of the elastic to the opposite side of the gold frame (to the back of the 
gold frame - see image) I used straight pins through the elastic into the edge of the foam 

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Step 5 

• Now that you have an "X" of elastic, we need to add one more piece to keep the frame 
sitting on your shoulders. 

• Sew a six-inch piece of elastic to the other two. The goal is to form a triangle for the head 
to go through. 

• For my daughter, I needed to attach the elastic "X" to the background image. To do this, 
reinforce the paper with some duct tape, and sew the elastic to it. 

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